One reason people might dread repairing chipped, cracked, or split teeth is because of the potential cost. Cost does not have to be an issue when tooth bonding is an option. Oral bonding is a more economical means of repairing teeth. Our professionals at Amherst Village Dental want to share with our patients what bonding can do for their smile.
What Is Bonding?
Bonding is a method that effectively positions and bonds composite resin to teeth that are damaged. Oral bonding can address chips and cracks in teeth as well as gaps in between teeth. Most bonding procedures can be completed in approximately an hour, depending on how many teeth are involved and the severity of the teeth’s injuries. The tooth is roughened, and a liquid is applied which allows the resin material to adhere to the tooth. The resin is then applied and hardened with a special light.
Tooth bonding procedures range from $120 per tooth to $600 per tooth, depending on the complexity of the work being done. However, not every procedure is the same. Factors that affect the price of tooth bonding include the number of teeth being treated, the size of the area where the bonding will occur, and any additional treatments that must be performed on the bonded teeth. Our professionals will give our patients estimates that are both realistic and fair after performing diagnostic tests on the patients’ teeth.
Do Teeth That Have Been Bonded Last A Long Time?
A bonded tooth can last up to 10 years. However, there are factors to be considered, such as not constantly applying too much bite force to the area. Overusing a bonded tooth will cause wear which will weaken the resin and shorten the bonding’s longevity. Patients with bonded teeth should refrain from eating hard foods or chewing on their nails, as both activities will weaken bonded teeth. Good oral care will be vital for the health of the bonded tooth, so our team urges our patients to brush twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash. Furthermore, patients will want to avoid toothpastes with abrasive chemicals as these can damage the resin of bonded teeth as well.
How Do Other Services Compare?
Porcelain crowns are a more durable option that can last up to 15 years. Porcelain looks and feels like a real tooth, is incredibly tough, and is stain-resistant. Moreover, a crown may be better for situations where a lot of bonding material has to be used for a single tooth. Veneers are permanent shells that go over the natural teeth. Veneers made of resin are as cost-effective as bonding. Porcelain veneers share the same advantages as porcelain crowns; both are long-lasting, and both mimic the appearance and feel of the remaining natural teeth.
If you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged, our restorative dentistry team is here at Amherst Village Dental to help you. You can call our office at 603-769-8985 if you wish to arrange an appointment with our professionals.